Newlywedws "frosting Plug/plastic Wrap" Method

Decorating By flayvurdfun Updated 7 Oct 2013 , 4:13am by anabel guzman

flayvurdfun Posted 26 May 2008 , 3:29pm
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Originally Posted by newlywedws

My cake decorating instructor showed a great method for filling the decorator bag with icing. It's called a "plastic wrap" method. It's pretty neat. Pictures are attached to clarify.

Just wanted to share. I think it's a pretty cool way to get the frosting in the bag and it isn't that messy either. Plus it makes switching frosting in and out so simple - if you're careful enough you won't have any transfer colour either.


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tippyad Posted 27 May 2008 , 1:18am
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Cool. Yesterday someone from the highly viewed cupcake forum told me about this method, but I was a little unsure how to do it. Those instructional pictures are great!

Superstar2 Posted 27 May 2008 , 1:37am
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I had heard about this method, and I too was not clear on the how to do's. Thank you flayvurdfun for the visual lesson on this method.

Ah-na Posted 27 May 2008 , 1:46am
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wow this is awesome! Thanks for sharing!!! thumbs_up.gifthumbs_up.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif

dare2bloved Posted 27 May 2008 , 3:59am
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this is a great short cut.....thanks so much for sharing icon_eek.gificon_eek.gif

chrissy410 Posted 27 May 2008 , 4:05am
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Wonderful tip. Thanks so much for all the pictures.

alicegop Posted 27 May 2008 , 4:09am
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This was one of the things on the post that said something like "everyone respond to this" where people listed all their favorite tricks. Thanks for putting the pictures, that is definitely one of the best tips! best of all you don't have to be very exact about rolling it up in the saran wrap! You mentioned to match the edges, but you don't have to. Just roll it up like you would roll up anything! I also do not tie a knot on the end. unnecessary.

I love that I can use the same decorating bag for the whole cake! I can switch colors no problem, I love it!

jessc169 Posted 28 May 2008 , 9:40pm
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wow, this is really going to be a time saver!

cupcakemkr Posted 2 Jun 2008 , 6:55pm
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I saw this a couple of weeks ago and thought the idea was amazing. Thanks for sharing.

Funny, I was just googling to find figure piping books and came across the kitchencrafts website and they have for sale "plastic inserts for your standard piping bag to make a striped effect in your frosting" - Ateco sells them.

I'll stick with your way - THANK YOU!!!

oliveoyle Posted 3 Jun 2008 , 2:15pm
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this has to be one of the best tips I have picked up in a while, thanks alot. one of the reasons that I love this site soo much

sweetsbystephanie Posted 4 Jun 2008 , 3:30am
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Thanks for posting. I'll be using this method in the future. thumbs_up.gif

abslu Posted 5 Jun 2008 , 4:32pm
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WOW! Never would have thought about that! Thanks so much for sharing! This will save my hands from WAY too much washing!

dacakeldy Posted 6 Jun 2008 , 5:51pm
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Wow I am going to try that this week. I hate cleaning bags.

raquel1 Posted 10 Jun 2008 , 11:45pm
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Saw this tip a couple of weeks ago and it came just in time for some NFSC w/RI. I was able to just change plugs and use as many colors as I wanted with just one bag and no-hassle "loading" Just the best ever, along with lining you measuring cup w/plastic wrap before putting the shortening in it and then just pulling it out with no cleaning! I love this site! icon_biggrin.gif

bambuf Posted 10 Jun 2008 , 11:59pm
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I had heard of this tip before, but it is terrific to see pictures! Fantastic! Thanks so much!

bennett5 Posted 11 Jun 2008 , 12:17am
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This is so SMART !!! I'm sure Im not alone when I say that washing bags is my least favorite part of the whole process...... thumbs_up.gif

Danielle1218 Posted 11 Jun 2008 , 2:24am
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I agree bags is my least favorite part of cake decorating and cleaning tips is a close second. This would be great for dark colors because they always stain your hands and nails.

dadams Posted 11 Jun 2008 , 2:40am
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that is a great idea

summernoelle Posted 11 Jun 2008 , 2:41am
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Very, very cool. I think I will try this this weekend...

cohen1 Posted 11 Jun 2008 , 2:42am
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although i use the parchment triangles and make my own bags, i still love this idea. i am going to try and see if it will work in the parchment.
Thank you so much for sharing.

gateaux Posted 11 Jun 2008 , 2:52am
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Great Idea, thanks for sharing.
Good Luck

pinkbeesugar Posted 11 Jun 2008 , 6:06pm
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I have never heard of this, but I hate cleaning bags. This is a wonderful tip. Thanks for posting

LittleLinda Posted 15 Jun 2008 , 2:18am
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I've been doing this method for a long time and would never go back to just putting icing directly into the bag. I fold my plastic wrap differently, though. I like your way better. I'm going to try it next time.

elainec Posted 20 Jun 2008 , 4:07am
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Thank you for sharing the info with pictures. It is always so much easier when I have pics to go by! thumbs_up.gif

KASCARLETT Posted 20 Jun 2008 , 2:02pm
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My cake instructor showed us how to do this last year and I love it. I do not tie a knot on the end, though. If you twist the bag and sorta "fold" the top end over the icing isn't going to come out anyway. It saves so much time on cleaning the bags (I only use the featherlight bags, I don't like the clear disposable ones). Plus, if you have to change colors when you need to use that same tip, that can easily be done, just pull the saran bag out and insert the new one. You will have to squeeze out the icing that is in the tip before you can use the new color, but it works great!

I fold mine different than that too. I put the frosting in the center of the wrap, fold the end (toward me) over to the opposite side of the frosting, sorta like engulfing it, then roll it. I then pick it up, twist it like you would twist a peppermint wrapper, "massage it" until one end is narrower than the other, then snip off the narrow end and insert into bag. That way the narrow end goes into the tip part easier, thus not really getting into the bag.

Edited to add this tip: It helps if you have a good clingy plastic wrap. If you don't have a good wrap, I can see where you would want to knot the top end. I don't like the Cling Wrap brand because it doesn't "stick" very well to anything. Sam's has a very good one in a black box - you can get it at Walmart. Kroger also has a good one. Both of those brands' boxes have the opening at the top of the box instead of the entire side coming up.

bizatchgirl Posted 21 Jun 2008 , 12:53am
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Love it! I too saw it on the best secrets thread but had no idea what it meant. Gotta try all the new secrets I learned soon! No cakes needed so will get to try something just for me icon_biggrin.gif

heavenlyfire Posted 25 Jun 2008 , 11:47pm
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My only question is what do you do with the plastic wrap at the open end? Do you trim it off or push the icing into it before you drop it into the bag? I would think if you just dropped it in as-is it would gather up at the tip and get all gunky.

KASCARLETT Posted 27 Jun 2008 , 3:20pm
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Originally Posted by heavenlyfire

My only question is what do you do with the plastic wrap at the open end? Do you trim it off or push the icing into it before you drop it into the bag? I would think if you just dropped it in as-is it would gather up at the tip and get all gunky.

If you gently "massage" the open end (before you cut the plastic off) into a "point" and snip it off slightly below the icing, it should fit right into the tip and will eliminate the bag getting all messy.

jennym0904 Posted 30 Jun 2008 , 2:22pm
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That is a great technique- Now I can save money by not buying all of those plastic decorator bags and time when I don't have enough tips and I have to switch back and forth with different colors! icon_lol.gif

Valli_War Posted 30 Jun 2008 , 2:47pm
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Thought I'll share this one. People might have already tried it though.
I use the icer tip to ice the cakes. But since I don't do business of cake selling, I don't buy 18" disposable bags. I hate cleaning up the featherweight bag every time I use it and icing plug wouldn't work for such large amount of icing unless you are ready to make several of them and I don't really want to spend that much time. So, what I tried this weekend was to fill good amount of icing into a gallon ziploc bag and push it to the end and twist the sealed bag into a cone. I snipped the corner and dumped this inside the featherweight bag. Iced and luckily I had nothing left in the ziploc bag. Just tossed it and rinsed the almost clean bag. Just had to clean the tip that's all. I know we can wash them in the dish washer, but even then I like to get the grease out and then put in the dish washer. This way, I didn't have to spend 10 minutes scrubbing the bag.

I don't know if this is helpful to anyone, but just thought to share it.

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